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Robert J. Donoghue, Shrewsbury, 86 Robert J. Donoghue, Shrewsbury, 86

Shrewsbury – Robert J. “Bob” Donohue, 86, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, died Thursday, August 4, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.

Bob breaks up with his high school sweetheart and beloved wife of 64 years, Maureen (McConville) Donoghue. With his children Kathy Donohue of Worcester, Mike Donohue and his wife Cece of Darien, Connecticut, Beth White and husband Greg of Boylston, Patty Durkin of Worcester, and Sue Donohue of Brooklyn, New York. Husband Dmitri Naidutch. Ten grandchildren: Chris White with wife Sunny, Jackie White Hughe with husband Bill, Mac Donahue with wife Regan, Sean Donahue with fiancée Marissa, Mara Donahue, Liam Donahue, Maeve Donoghue, Seamus Nadak, Ivan Nadak, Bridget Nadak. Two great-grandchildren, Dylan White and Jack White. his sister, Pat Clifford, and his husband, Ray of Holden; As well as some nieces and nephews. He had died by his stepson, Kenny Durkin. his sisters, Dorothy Fisher and Eleanor Fairchild.

Bob was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was the son of Jerome Donahue and Amelia (Duhamel) Donahue. He graduated from North High School in 1953, where he became a player in three sports. In 1957, he graduated from St. Michaels College in Colchester, Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. While in “St.” Mike was co-captain of his golf team, was active in debate and drama clubs, and was class president. After that, he attended the Harvard Business School’s management development program.

Bob spent his entire professional career at the Wyman Gordon Company, starting in sales and working his way up to the position of Vice President/General Manager. During his time at Wyman Gordon, he traveled around the world and grew his business significantly. He was highly regarded for his integrity, intelligence and expertise in the aerospace industry. He also often conducted off-site mentoring sessions and office hours with his colleagues at Grafton House, his lantern room, and other local watering holes.

Bob spent most of his adult life in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and was a longtime and loyal parishioner of St. Mary’s Parish, where he was a lecturer for many years. When he was practicing for the lead role in his school’s play The Music Man, he marched around the house singing the 76 trombone. I will forever remember that During his few years at Shrewsbury, he was active Little his league and Babe his Ruth’s coach.

As a father to a daughter with special needs, Kathy, he has been deeply involved in organizations that support special needs communities in Worcester and beyond, including Mercy Center, Special Olympics, Seven Hills and HMEA. Having passed on his competitive spirit and athleticism to Kathy over her 50-plus years, he and his family cheered her on almost every day on Father’s Day, at her special Olympics state games, and even more. I spent my time aiming for another gold medal.

In 1980, Bob and Maureen purchased a home in Snappy, New Hampshire, eventually moving to Fisher’s Bay on Lake Snappy. Over the years, Sunapee has become his family’s “happy place.” He was heavily involved in the Fishers Bay Community Association, where he served as a board member for many years. He was also an active member of the Lake Snappy Country Club. A reluctant boater, he spent hours on the lake towing his children and grandchildren, enjoying the many water sports and activities. During the winter he led après ski festivals, told stories and kept warm by the fireplace on many holidays.

Later in life Bob and Maureen moved to Southgate, Shrewsbury, where he became a beloved member of the community. Bob embraced everything Southgate had to offer, from daily masses to lecture series to weekly Jeopardy and even chair yoga. He also served in leadership roles, serving as Chief of the Dining Commission and later as Treasurer of the Southgate Residents Advisory Board. Bob soon became a regular at Southgate’s annual musical revue, playing several lead roles as an actor, singer and dancer, and in the final performance Frank he enjoyed playing the role of Sinatra.

Bob was a great cook, a scratch golfer, a funny storyteller, and many other talents. A die-hard Red He’s a Sox fan, Bob didn’t miss a game. An early adopter of all new technology, Bob learned that he could watch the game in isolation while actively participating in dinner conversations with his family. In his later years, he became a tutor to his peers and his grandchildren, helping them learn how to use cutting-edge technology. An avid reader, Bob had a lifelong passion for learning and was able to discuss current affairs, whether local or international. Despite his many achievements and talents, he was most proud of his family and would light up whenever his children or grandchildren entered the room, affectionately known as “Papa”. He who is lost will be missed forever.

Instead of flowers, consider donating to two of Bob’s favorite organizations: and Thrive Support and Advocacy (

Relatives and friends are invited to visit the Donahue family at the BRITTON-SHREWSBURY FUNERAL HOME, 648 Main Street, Shrewsbury on Monday, August 8, 2022 from 4-7pm. His funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at St. Mary of the Hills Church, 630 Cross Street, Boylston, and privately at Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury. burial will take place.